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America's mayors fight back, denounce "recall fever"

Efforts to take out elected officials in the the middle of their terms has so alarmed the U.S. Conference of Mayors that it's launching a public awareness initiative, complete with a documentary: Recall Fever: Stop The Madness.

The mayors will release the documentary on local recall efforts next week in DC and the mayors of Akron, OH, Chattanooga, TN and Omaha, NE -- who have faced and survived recalls -- will talk about what the group calls "one of the most volatile issues facing public officials at all levels."

"Efforts to recall mayors are on the rise," said Conference of Mayors CEO and executive director Tom Cochran. He said the group developed the documentary to "not only educate our mayors on what is happening..and what they need to know about their local recall statutes, but also to help educate the general public about the economic and political costs of recall elections."

The largest recall of a politician in U.S. history occured last month when 9 out of 10 voters in Miami-Dade agreed to boot Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Commissioner Natacha Seijas was similarly removed.